The Masks We Are

By |2017-07-14T15:33:30+00:0026 Feb 2015|

~ An editorial by Kevin Richards

For the final assignment of the Advanced Photography Course I’ve done with DPC, we were tasked with doing an editorial shoot on a chosen topic. I chose “Wearing Masks” and decided to post the editorial in its original format for all to see.

My idea for this project actually started out as a simple portrait shoot with some masks that I would source, but it slowly evolved as I planned it out. It became a little more personal as I tried to present little pieces of myself in each idea. This then evolved further when I realized through this process, that I often present myself to people in a manner which corresponds to the situation I am in and that I vary rarely show the real me. From this I decided to twist the mask idea a little, still showing these little bits of me, but in each shot, the mask reveals more than it hides. 

Click on each of the images below to view in High Resolution: 

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Masks We Are

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Executive Clown and Rationale

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Cautious Optimist and The Fragile Protector

This was my first real attempt at using a full studio setup (in my garage) and I used up to 5 lights in some shots making it quite daunting. All the subjects are family or friends and they were not used to posing, but they were all fantastically helpful!

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Reluctant Scholar

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Perpetual Teenager

I chose a quite textured editing style for the project and tried to subtly bring in colours and textures that emphasized the themes and sub-themes of each shot. After this, I was no longer scared of Photoshop.

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Impish Introvert

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Fearful Dreamer and The Sensitive Warrior

This was quite a personal journey for me and it was actually refreshing to express myself in a way I never thought possible before I discovered photography. I really enjoyed this project and it has opened my eyes to the possibilities as well as guided me into a distinctive style of my own that I want to keep exploring and refining. Thank you once again DPC!

The Masks We Are by Kevin Richards

The Longing Parent

About the Author:

"If only I was born with a camera in my hands. Not only would I be a lot better at it, but I would have gotten to enjoy this fantastic art form for so much longer. Alas, I find myself well entrenched in a corporate IT career and only discovering the joy, art and science of photography a little over a year ago with my very first DPC course arranged and booked by my wife. After that course, my love for photography has, while hurting my bank balance, awoken in me what I feel was my actual true calling. Every time I pick up the camera, I feel I am still learning and that I still have so much more to discover and share. I hope that feeling never stops."


  1. Christina Holt 2015/03/11 at 09:27

    Thank you for sharing Kevin, shots are beautiful and the concept brilliant and everything works together perfectly to communicate to me what you want to say. I love it.

  2. Tienie Nel 2015/03/06 at 14:34

    I enjoyed this. It is WOW!!. (I do not have words to describe it or what it meant to me) Thank you for sharing not only your work but also part of yourself.

  3. Leon Pelser 2015/03/05 at 13:38

    What is the next level after “BRILLIANT”?….That’s where i squeeze you in!!!

  4. Reppies 2015/03/05 at 08:52

    Hi Kevin. I am awestruck! Congratulations to you and to your “models”. Reppies.

  5. Renata Haywood 2015/03/04 at 21:21

    I absorb in awe! As someone who loves “people art” I am intrigued, touched and inspired. I would love to be able to puchase this in print to keep a bit of magic forever. Well done!

  6. Derik Midgley 2015/03/04 at 15:13

    A clever set of images that show a wonderful insight and intellect. Very well done Kevin. Looking forward to more great work.

  7. Michael Blain 2015/03/04 at 12:38

    Wow Kevin. I was blown away by the quality of your work and the thoughtfulness of each image. This is something that you can be very proud of.

  8. Keith Murray 2015/03/04 at 12:06

    Well done, great work! I believe we can all take a step back and do some introspection.

  9. Salomie Klingbiel 2015/03/04 at 11:33

    I love your work, Kevin. It is inspiring, thought provoking and it touches one’s soul. I am truly inspired by your final work of art ” The Longing Parent”. Well done on exceptional work!

  10. Anli Esterhuizen 2015/03/04 at 09:56

    Wow, I found it inspiring that you put so much of yourself into this work.
    These are fascinating shots and I especially like the Longing Parent, it feels like it can mean so many different things to every individual who looks at it. You just want to dive in and keep pondering it. Well done.

  11. Jenna Bester 2015/03/04 at 09:38

    Stunning work Kevin!!

  12. Danie Bester
    Danie Bester 2015/03/02 at 09:12

    Fantastic work Kevin, from concept to output! Looking forward to this editorial in print.

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